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Dry wind and fog clear way for chilly nights

- Capital records lowest minimum temperature this winter, mercury to slide further

Post-Christmas, the days might be warmer. The nights, however, will continue to give you the shivers.

The rays of the Sun finally peeked out of the clouds on Monday, enticing residents out of their homes to feel the warmth.

The weatherman claimed that the day conditions could improve but the nights would remain chilly. For those interested, Monday recorded the season’s lowest minimum temperature at 7.7°C, two degrees below normal. The minimum can slide further.

Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department, Patna, told The Telegraph: “The cold and extreme foggy conditions during the day are expected to normalise in 48 hours, by Wednesday. Tuesday (December 25) can be slightly warmer.”

The reason the morning chill is not biting at the residents, Sen said, is the change in the direction of the north-easterly and easterly winds. The northerly winds are expected to increase the day temperature soon.

He added: “The north-easterly and easterly winds were dominating the lower level of the atmosphere for the past three days. As easterly winds carry high moisture content that block sunrays from reaching the earth’s surface, the chill was felt during the daytime. However, the weather conditions seem to have changed from this afternoon (Monday) as the wind direction started changing to northerly. Cold and dry, these northerly winds would help lift the fog cover and increase the day temperature. The night temperature, however, would fall simultaneously.”

The air passengers, however, suffered because the visibility at the airport was less than 500m till 12noon — the required visibility is 1,600m — and flights could only land after 2pm. GoAir’s G8 385 operating on the Mumbai-Patna-Ranchi-Mumbai route was the first to land, 40 minutes late. Although delayed, none of the flights was cancelled.

The fog cover also affected the movement of trains with at least 24 trains running late. Rajdhani Express (12309) and Sampoorna Kranti Express (12393) were running late by at least 24 hours. Rajdhani Express, which was scheduled to depart at 6.20pm on Monday, will depart on Tuesday at 7pm. Sampoorna Kranti Express would depart at 6pm on Tuesday (its usual departure time was 6.50pm on Monday).